A Rum Shop in St.Kitts.
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Rum Shops and Cocktail Recipes

Below are a list of some of The Rumelier's favourite rum based cocktails as well as some pictures of various Rum Shops in Barbados, the home of rum. You won't necessarily get a complicated cocktail in a Rum Shop, but you will find some fine rum and some dedicated rum drinker's, who will gladly tell you all about their favourite rum. Rum Shops have been around for centuries and if you ever visit Barbados these are a must visit on any itinerary. Just sit in a corner and soak up the atmosphere, maybe you will get lucky and will be able to enjoy a game of cricket on the television. This is a great time to be in a Rum Shop for the atmosphere really livens up.
So relax and order up a flask of your favourite rum, a bowl of ice and a can of your mixer and enjoy the Bajan lifestyle.
A great book about Bajan Rum Shops has be written by Peter Laurie and is titled "The Barbadian Rum Shop". This book is full of great photos of numerous rum shops in Barbados aswell as their history on the island. Fine reading while lying in a hammock drinking a Mount Gay Extra Old at your guest house in Bathsheba.

Few measurements are given here for the cocktails listed, as everybody has their own preferences as to how strong they like their cocktails mixed. The best way to make your cocktail is to just experiment until you find the exact way you prefer your cocktail to be.
Try and keep your cocktails simple and try and remember what you are putting in your glass, incase you discover a delicious recipe that you would like to try again.

A Rum Shop in Bathsheba, Barbados.
Rum shops are a great place to sample all the local rums.


Conch Cay Joe

A favourite cocktail in the Bahamas.
Bacardi Anejo on ice, mixed with and equal amount of ginger ale and a twist of lime.
Simple but refreshing.
Conch Cay Joe is the name often given to white Bahamians and this is one of thier favourite drinks, hence the name.

Moon Over Bob

This cocktail was invented at "Bahama Mamas" in Freeport, Grand Bahama by barman Kevin Lightbourn.
Bacardi Anejo on ice, mixed with peach schnapps and orange juice.
Bacardi Anejo is very popular in the Bahamas.

Caicos Libre

A version of the famous Cuba Libre.
Only Cuban rum can be used to make an authentic Cuba Libre cocktail, so this is why this is called a Caicos Libre. Use any white rum that is available in your market, but here in the Turks and Caicos we either use Bacardi Superior or any of the local rums mixed with lime juice and your favourite cola soda. Cola does tend to overpower the taste of the rum, so if you really like a stronger tatse of the rum it is recommended that you use a gold pot still rum with more flavour, eg. Appleton Special Gold.


For a real authentic Mojito it has to be made with white Cuban rum, preferably Havana Club.
Start with a tall glass and muddle some fresh mint leaves with lime juice. Add to this some simple syrup, white Cuban rum and club soda. Dress this with some more fresh mint leaves and a wedge or two of limes. (Home grown mint tastes best if available.)
Caution:- This drink can become addictive!!

Miami Mojito

This rum sparkler with it's mint infusion is similar to the Moh-hee-too but with a South Florida twist.

8 sprigs of fresh mint

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of fresh lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly grated lime peel

4 cups of ice

1 cup of golden rum

3 cups of chilled club soda

Mint sprigs for garnish

Remove the leaves from mint sprigs. In a blender combine the mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and lime peel. Blend until the mint is chopped.

Fill a pitcher with ice and add the mint mixture. Pour in the rum and stir. Fill with club soda. Pour into 6 glasses and garnish with the mint sprigs.

Pina Colada

Another classic cocktail, originally from Puerto Rico. To make an authentic Pina Colada you have to use Puerto Rican rum, eg. Bacardi Superior, Don Q Cristal, Ron Rico, etc.
In a blender pour Coco Lopez, pineapple juice and white rum over generous ammounts of ice.
Blend the mix together until the ice is crushed and dress with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
A variation of this drink is a Penis Colada. This drink is made in the same way but, poured into a fresh coconut and has a whole banana inserted for effect!! (Thanks Lenny from Freeport for this one)

Cool Blue Caribbean

This turquoise-blue drink looks like the colour of the water that surrounds the Turks and Caicos Islands.

4 cups of ice

1 cup of chilled pineapple juice

1/2 cup of blue curacao

1/2 cup of light rum

1/2 cup of cream of coconut

4 slices of fresh pineapple

4 maraschino cherries

In a blender combine the ice, pineapple juice, blue curacao, rum and cream of coconut and blend until the mixture is smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. garnish with the pineapple slices and cherries.

A Moh-hee-tow is a freshing way to drink rum.
Sophie the barmaid at Horse Eye Jacks, TCI.

The Green Tailed Dragon

This recipe for The Green Tailed Dragon before now has only ever been given out to two people, but thanks to old friend Kevin Lightbourn it is now available to rum lovers everywhere. This cocktail originated at Bahama Mamas bar in Freeport, Bahamas and then moved west to Vancouver Island, Canada when Kevin emigrated there several years ago, where it has found a new home.

This is a smooth fruity drink, which is refreshing on a hot day, ideal for the Caribbean.

Kevin uses the following ingredients:-

1 oz of Bacardi 1873

1/2 oz of Midori Melon Liqueur

3 oz of Pineapple juice

Splash of Roses Lime Juice

Splash of simple syrup

Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for 3 seconds, pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of orange.

Conch Bomb

1 measure of Pirate's Choice Key Lime Rum

2 measures of Red Bull Energy Drink

1/4 measure of fresh squeezed lime juice

Mix the rum and Red Bull and pour over ice. Optional: Squeeze and float fresh lime juice on top.

Havana Club Rum from Cuba.
Not available in all markets, but a great mixer when available.

Dark and Stormy
The classic cocktail from Bermuda. You must use Gosling's Black Seal Rum if it is available to you to make the authentic Dark and Stormy.
A simple cocktail to make. Just drop some ice into a tall glass and add a comfortable amount of Gosling's Black Seal Rum and top up with
Ginger Beer.
A refreshing easy to make cocktail.

Barbadian Rum Punch
Lime Juice
Simple Syrup

Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
Grated Nutmeg
Angostura Bitters
In a jug, blend the ingredients with the exception ot the nutmeg. Serve in a glass with lots of ice. Sprinkle the nutmeg on the surface.

Caribbean Rum Punch
1 cup of fresh lime juice
2 cups of simple syrup
3 cups of amber/gold rum
4 cups of orange juice
4 dashes of bitters
freshly ground nutmeg
Ina pitcher, combine the lime juice, simple syrup, rum and the orange juice. Add a few dashes of bitters and some grated nutmeg to taste. Serve chilled over ice.


Another Rum Shop in Barbados.
Nigel Benn Aunty's Bar. He is a famous British boxer.

Rum Runner

The Rumelier discovered this one while visiting Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
A great refreshing drink, especially in the hot summer months.
Fill a tall glass with ice, then add the following ingredients, your favourite white rum, blackberry brandy, banana liqueur, grenadine, orange juice and pineapple juice. Mix all the ingredients or put them all in a blender to make a daiquiri. When finished mixing float some Myers's Dark Rum on top for a extra kick.

A Mount Gay Rum Sponsored Rum Shop, Barbados.

Bahama Mama
A staple for tourists visiting the Bahamas and simple to create at home.
Coconut Rum
Gold Rum
White Rum
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice
Dash of Grenadine for colour
Mix all the ingredients together and pour over ice.
Beware of all types of rum punches, they creep up on you and have spoiled many a Caribbean vacation.

Abuelo de Menta.

Abuelo De Menta
1.5 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
3 or 4 Fresh Berries
A Bunch of Mint
Raw Sugar Rim
Shake and dirty pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with a bamboo skewer, alternating mint leaves and berries.

Another Rum Shop in Barbados.

Blue Mountain Mist Iced Cappuccino Coffee

Wray & Nephew Blue Mountain Mist
Whipped Cream
Vanilla Extract
Expresso Coffee
Nutmeg Garnish

This drink was concocted by Amy at Horse Eye Jack's for the recent Jamaican Rum Dinner.

A Carib Rum Shop in Frigate Bay, St.Kitts.
The Carib beer waiting under the palm tree.

Rum and Coconut Water

This is the simplest cocktail to make if you have some fresh green coconuts and can handle a cutlass (machette). This could be considered one of the first cocktails ever invented, right up there with the British Navy's world famous Grog.

You need one fresh coconut per person and a good shot of you favourite mixing rum.

Carefully cut the top off the coconut, while trying not to spill any of the coconut water inside. Not an easy task for an unexperienced hand. Once you have taken the top off the coconut, make a small hole in the top of the shell, big enough to pour your rum through and to insert a straw. Take a long sip of the fresh coconut water and then replace this with your favourite rum. Give it a good shake and you are ready to try a refreshingly simple cocktail that says welcome to the Caribbean Mon.

When you have finished drinking you can crack open the coconut and enjoy the coconut jelly inside, now slightly infused with rum. Or you can mix it into your next cocktail.

Experts Tip Robert Burr from GiftedRums.com keeps coconut water in an ice cube tray in the freezer to add to his favourite rum drinks. What a great, simple idea. Add that little extra to your next cocktail. When the Rumelier finds a fresh coconut he usually plants in his garden. The next one is getting cracked and the water put in the freezer for a refreshing Sunday afternoon cocktail.

Cutting coconuts down with a cutlass or machette.
Fresh coconut milk and rum makes a great cocktail.


Gullywash is a Bahamian special treat, usually made for special occasions. It is as simple as rum and coconut water. However it is usually made with "Hoghead" Gin (Gordon's Gin, look at the label and see the hog!) but The Rumelier usually drinks it with white rum.

Cut down several fresh coconuts and crack them. Pour the coconut water into a big bowl. Then split the coconuts open and peel out the coconut jelly. Add this to the coconut water. Then add some sweetened condensed canned milk and as much rum as you desire to give the kick. Stir it all up and pour over a cup of ice. The rum infused jelly is the best part of this cocktail. A special treat not to be missed.

Climbing a coconut tree is no easy task.
This is the hi-tech method, usually it is done barefoot.

Cappuccino Rum Ice Cream

The Rumelier found this drink while attending the Rum Festival in St.Lucia a couple of years ago.

Pour in a blender a generous ammount of vanilla ice cream and a good shot of Javalatte Cappuccino Cream from St.Lucia Distillers with a few cubes of ice.

Blend the ingredients together and pour into a glass, then add a floater of Chairman's Reserve Rum or any of your favourite gold rum.

Be careful this drink is exceptionally tasty and can creep up on you if you have too many!!

French agricole rhums make the perfect Ti Punch.
Agricole rhums have a floral aroma to them.

Ti Punch  This punch is not named after a Turks Islander (TI) but is short for the french word petit, so it translates to small punch. This punch originated in the french Caribbean islands and is drunk at any time of the day.

It is a simple cocktail to make. Just pour a splash of sugar cane syrup into a glass with a squeeze of fresh lime. Add some french agricole white rum to the mix and some cubes of ice and you have a small french rhum punch.

Warning French white rhums are usually bottled to a higher strength than their counterparts in the English and Spanish speaking islands. The aroma and taste from these rhums is also much different.

A rum bar in Blue Hills, Providenciales, TCI.
The Rumelier on a cold, wet, winter day in the Caribbean.